Link HT: Kleinheider
Relying on 200,000-plus mostly small donors, Paul has brought in more than $18 million this quarter and may lead the Republican field in fourth-quarter fundraising.
In return for their generosity, Paul is offering his enthusiastic backers ... absolutely nothing.
At least that's how it would seem according to the conventional "pay to play" logic of big-time campaign fundraising.
The maverick libertarian Republican isn't promising ethanol subsidies to Iowans or free health care to New Hampshirites.Paul opposes all kinds of corporate welfare and voted against the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Nor is Paul championing a federal bailout of cash-strapped home buyers or mortgage lenders. His solution for what ails the country is minimal taxes and hard money, not federal guarantees or easy credit.
Where other presidential candidates claim their policies will simultaneously create prosperity and financial security for millions, Paul actually says on the stump, "I don't want to run the economy. I don't know how."